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strat lives and talkers a reason they don't want international airport and that we should be completely outraged now let's break the set. this was in the washington well as a missile that is being suggested in the list of numbers of them the media candidates for the prophecy of current issues are actually back to and doesn't do too much for ad revenue my own tech agriculture giant teeth on a seventy six year old american farmer based in india fallout do you think this is going to create for the cia do you think this is what's triggering a crisis america's the largest economy in the world it's also the largest debtor nation in the history of the world breaking the set is mostly about alternatives to the status quo but one might give real alternatives points to looking for the american dream the next they were just trying to survive it's time for americans and lawmakers are forced to wake up and start talking about the real causes
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a problem. it's out again folks i'm having martin and this is breaking the set so between speaker of the house john boehner you know obama over obamacare and the design of herion on the i.r.s. scandal to say that congress is getting nothing done would be a severe understatement but yesterday the senate actually managed to take a big step forward and one of the most important reasons why our current representative system is so toxic and corrupt campaign finance seen a ten to eight vote the senate judiciary committee voted to approve a constitutional amendment that would overturn a notorious two thousand and ten supreme court's citizens united decision of course this ruling solidified the notion of corporate personhood and equated money with
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free speech by allowing companies to give unlimited amounts of cash to political action committees or super pacs which then lobby on behalf of individual candidates now realistically this move is purely symbolic considering that a constitutional amendment requires a two thirds majority vote in both the house and the senate but the fact that ten of the most powerful members of the senate will be willing to vote against their own interests for once as encouraging sherman of the senate judiciary committee patrick leahy even went as far as saying quote i've always believe that amending our constitution must be subject to the highest measure of scrutiny and is something that should only be done as a last resort when the voices of hardworking americans continue to be drowned out by the money and few more serious action must be taken and i'm hardly suggesting that we should rely on the very people who benefit from this pay to play system to change it instead we should be looking at grassroots movements from outside the beltway movements like made a pac a super pac started by harvard professor lawrence lessig but ironically is raising
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money to elect candidates promising to repeal citizens united and other measures but of institutionalized money in politics less said came on the show a couple months ago to talk about why the. current system is so what poisonous any human who spends thirty to seventy percent of your time raising money from a tiny tiny fraction of the one percent you can't help but develop an intuition about exactly what sorts of things you need to say to continue to succeed in raising money from those people and what sort of issues you need to avoid so you begin to develop a sense that this six that's what range of appropriate issues to approach and to talk about and to push are if you're going to continue to be able to be successful and raise money from these funders now amazingly and then made a pact which was only started in may have this year has raised a stunning seven point six million dollars to date from over fifty three thousand individual contributors so while the future of our political system does indeed
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look grim the fact that there are people using the systems own tools to dismantle it is a bright spot indeed all to break the set. please please sir they are look very hard to take over the town well you better act with the target there are those. that are like. the to cut. cut cut cut cut cut cut. cut. cut. as i have covered all week on the show
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israel has launched and now four day assault on the gaza strip dubbed operation protective edge and today and israeli was critically injured by a hamas launched rocket that hit a gas station in the city of ashdod on the palestinian side the death toll has now surpassed one hundred with another six hundred eighty injured according to news agency but again despite this gross disproportionality establishment press continues to the store at the truth take a look at this headline from the new york times after an israeli missile hit a gaza cafe packed with palestinians watching the world cup it says a missile at beachside gaza cafe finds patrons polies for world cup. that's right those gazans were just inviting that deadly missile to de seems like quite an inappropriate way to describe a massacre doesn't it well thankfully widespread outrage has forced the new york times to change the headline to a somewhat more appropriate but still bizarre and rubble of gaza seaside cafe hunt
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for victims who had come for soccer. but see this example is only a microcosm of the disturbing way this entire conflict has been framed by the mainstream and it's the willful one sidedness that is forcing people out in the streets to voice their opposition in fact all of the world thousands are joining in protests from one in oslo with slogans such as and the siege on gaza and freedom for palestine right here in washington d.c. activists joined in solidarity at a large protest and from the israeli embassy but the grassroots organization code pink book i understand of this conflict has led to unbelievable tension suffering and tragedy for all those involved a perception is everything and if we let the media dictate the narrative it does a great injustice to any efforts of diplomacy and peace because as much as we might want to deny it the fact is that israel is the largest recipient of u.s. aid to the tune of over three billion dollars
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a year so what happens over there is all of our problems. perhaps there is no better way to express frustration with the current system than splashing an image in a place where the public's forced to see it which is exactly what street artists guilds dozen places all around new york in a chair is just one example for a powerful body of work that mixes activism art and cutting political commentary join me now is brooklyn street artist herself gil to discuss her art and advocacy thank you so much for coming on. thanks for the idea and i'm great and so the vast majority of art is not political what drove your passion for some balik political critique. but well i started putting work out in the street in two thousand and eight in direct response to the bush administration was awesome what was it about.
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the. just the. amount of terrorism i thought was happening in iraq with the torture of the prisoners and a lot of the things i saw happening over there i just i i couldn't get behind and i was really. questioning you know the dialogues that were happening in our media and it just didn't none of it made sense to me so you know i was talking to people in friends and nobody wanted to listen everybody would change the topic of conversation and so i was left to express myself visually. street art could be territorial and dangerous i mean it's a practice largely dominated by men do you think it's been harder for you as a woman to establish your name and make a space for yourself in the medium. i definitely see the sexism that exists in the streets i think a lot of times people don't take me seriously because i'm female. but you know i that if anything that just fuels me to work harder. to look at for different
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artwork you've done a lot of work from rabin gentrification and progress banners around buildings to destroying a kitchen and gentrification protests as a new yorker what effects have you seen gentrification do in your city and why is it an issue that speaks to you so much. well new york is a very unique place you know it's the birthplace of so much creativity and so many of the you know the arts are so concentrated here so when i see things like the rents sense two thousand and been increasing to seventy five percent in the last fourteen years you know you see a lot of creative people being pushed out because you know we're you know starving artists or however you want to put it and a lot of us are just surviving and not thriving necessarily financially so when you see you know places like five points that giant building that i wrapped. you see those sort of artistic meccas and institutions that have been around forever disappearing so that they can put up you know glass structures with you know luxury
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apartments you kind of have to question what's the motive and why. it's what's our city turning into how is this change in. the environment and how we're how are we supposed to co-exist in this sort of situation right i mean every every city that i love lives lived in the last five years it seems like they're just putting up these high rise apartment buildings pushing all the people out of the centers of the city and it's like you're not i mean you're just pushing out so rich people can't see like the reality of what's going on and let's take a look at the the amazing clip of use of the hell out of this kitchen what drove you to create this food so work. well it was a it's an abandoned building that was getting ripped down to make way for these condos and a friend had kind of gotten access to the building not necessarily legally and so a lot of us just came in and we were all going to work out and i decided to just take over the kitchen because of all places. what speaks to a family more in like where is it more of
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a communal space in the kitchen that's where you make memories and cook together he's talking you know you fight you argue you you know you your family in that room specifically so i felt the need to kind of destroy those memories and you know to recreate a kitchen and then to take it apart all in the name of progress just it just felt i don't know the way i needed to go all in the name of progress it always is. and i love the work is so varied covers so much ground let's take a look at copper green an outline of the famous image of the opera great prisoner with the department of homeland security phrase if you see something say something why did you bridge these two concepts. well i've i felt that we were you know saying one thing to our citizens and doing another abroad and you know if. i felt the government wasn't. being honest with the population if you're going to be doing those sorts of things you know we should have a say in whether or not we find this to be ok and obviously i felt like we were we
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were misguided and doing things that weren't right and i was saying something and you know i love it oh yeah another one your work such as the statue of liberty drinking kool aid and you think nationalism is a hinderance to the evolution of empathy and consciousness. yeah that's that's a good way of putting it i think a lot of people get that wrong sort of mentality. thinking that we can do no wrong but in the last few years i feel like that's sort of been starting to unravel and i think people are starting to really become more informed and more aware and you know shows like yours are doing that so thank you for that thank you so much and the first work i saw of yours of these amazingly complicated mazes first they seem purely abstract but upon closer examination they display words and phrases out of a concept manifest and how do you even map them out we have about forty five seconds left. the concept is really about kind of getting lost in your world and
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also giving those sorts of words strength and power by a kind of. you know exponentially growing through those lines so it's just about. seeking deeper than reading between the lines and trying to see past what you know may at first glance be something simple and how the hell do you serious about them oh as an artist i like them they're incredible start from the inside and work out that's how it goes yeah drop your website real quick. and i see dot com and i see dot com thank you so much street artist really really love your work. thanks so much coming up on future an exclusive performance by hip hop artist cedric francis stay tuned. on marinating in the financial world moves. back to series developments i mean not stopping city fans only taking from the demand for credit not going to get any economic life they're on to their offer.
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the fact that. they were going to do its job did you know the price is the only industry specifically mention in the constitution and. that's because a free and open press is critical to our democracy shred albus. role. in fact the single biggest threat facing our nation today is the corporate takeover of our government and oppressed cynical we've been hijacked like handful of powerful transnational corporations that will profit by destroying what our founding fathers once will just i'm sorry mark it on this show we reveal the big picture of what's actually going on in the world we go beyond identifying the problem try rational debate in a real discussion critical issues facing up to find a job ready to join the movement then walk a little bit of. a
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chance our forces at. play. in the finish line of the boston marathon. tell us. what has happened here in. the. ten years ago i heard a song that deeply resonated with me in articulating my frustration with media and politics that song was called makeshift patriot it was written by an incredibly talented hip hop artist named sage francis francis is a prolific lyricist who has broken through almost every genre from slam poetry to
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what's been dubbed indie hop and. francis was the first hip hop artist to sign a punk record label epitaph now he runs his own independent company called strange famous and i was lucky enough to have an instead he joined me earlier to perform a song called vonnegut busy with his new album copper gone. all. nice and the saddest but it might have been called in her mind cement the saddest. night for my shoes to look like they didn't walk to my house to look like it's been in the car to look like the fall for the spin trippin off a cliff my career could not stop graveyard shift don't clean the crime scene because tommy's money don't need bazin when i see blood or just see dead people who just says he was going to come but they can blame him with the cute little office
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discuss nothing but this what's. up to you all together and then a freak out did a little couple so why does he now we don't know each other up on the road to pick up the real sheep. sale see the sea breeze arrest some claim if you want to placate day to day i'll use my colon asleep to stay awake i could be a psychic like i'm not a psychic you just ridiculous nobody that's the fight you get invited they will come and taser gun too so do i like my shoes to look like they haven't walked to my house to like there's been a call to the call thing has been driven off the cliff my career could nonstop for a p.r. shit shit the gases in search of survivors to get up the earth feeling turns with dirt for what it's worth i'm which is then a cemetery soil you'll do slate drilling to get the midnight oil up and move it at the gate remove them at the wheel of the case say famously take people call the
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keys master goal hold. all one two and two to three or two to full closure they said the war was so book was that they wanted more soldiers always there. is a fresh batch of people except that the ball back to roll roll if they get trapped in the back of the people who probably need this is a small element of moscow in about the cinema which is the cold film and many think anyone there pretty positive effective to break a promise and take a breath but it is nothing that we can stay alive under subpoena charging little doesn't act like you said you thought that we took you to our play out we take all we keep. in mind. it might. fall apart nice in the status quo to keep this is the way we are in. particular this is the way. their. own who are you see. through it. want to keep busy
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with keep on with keep the. bombing and see the. hold up hold out upload. we can up on bully types as if that isn't what a. inspiration strikes like you julian upright these lines just across and i'm computing if my momma don't want to she never have to work you can't let that be washed premises. dirty with the plaintiff like my son on the bottom a promise writer's block you've been a problem probably make the columns want to pop out of the pain relief sometimes what you don't say this as the most say the least little piece of the devil spanish club politics to the spot none of us remember dog days just pick him up with him steam rolled up two thousand and ten and a couple dreams told him being a piece of gold we sold everything to rebuild it feels like you can always. call
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feels like the. going to the tell me go with the feels like i'm going to move help keep your word and as they say made the pledges that we heard like the way i'm not so much for the light they walked in my house the blood expended in my coffin the blood the gall to this been driven off a cliff by the bridge cut off crazy dog shit on like a mushroom the flight has been bought a house could look like it's been lived in mccall the but the carpet is going to prevent off a cliff macabre nonstop parade gone i'd like to much like the house to the public especially if the parts of the public opposite to get off a cliff michael could not stop crazy all sit. around more to keep. my mind want to keep busy.
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want to keep busy. morning busy. you started strange famous records in one thousand nine hundred six what compelled you to start and even able all the way back then and how hard was it to get off the ground. whoa it didn't get off the ground until like many years later but in ninety six i was introduced to the hardcore punk rock scene. and they were all releasing their own records there was no major label putting out stuff like that and it inspired me because that whole time from childhood until i was in college i was like when is a major label going to sign me and it was obvious that wasn't going to happen unless you know i had to like get stuff in motion on my own it just inspired me i watched them print their own scenes they just like they were self sufficient subculture that hip hop was lacking that was like all of hip hop was run by a leg a certain couple companies and that's all the same artist you listen to the good
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thing about that is like a collective experience because people came up listening to hip hop we all know the older local j. records we all know the old run d.m.c. public enemy but eventually when the indie scene in hip hop started to explode in the late ninety's early two thousand and then everybody started putting in the legwork to get their material out there and you know napster and file sharing companies that allowed for people in sweden to hear my music when i didn't have distribution like that certainly kick started the in the scene you said that corporations have extracted intelligence from hip hop and wanted you to elaborate on what you meant by that you know well for many many years i think that they decided. to promote and push artists who appeal to the lowest common denominator was the fastest and easiest route of getting an audience who was would spend money for the albums like capitalism but like. there's other things at play that i feel like russell simmons i think has been put on blast recently by chuck d.
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about this stuff hundred ninety seven a lot of a lot of other companies who were big taste makers in hip hop early on who went the very easy and cheap route later on they deserve criticism because. they were lucky to be in a position where they were when they were in it and when everything was was brand new and fresh and they did push artists like public enemy who changed the way people think about hip hop and music and for positive change. and then for everything to just get so. cheap and watered down and that's all they cared about was all they pushed it's like there was no dialogue about how do we better this look what it's doing to the communities and where hip hop originated from slate how are we giving back to those places like that's beyond me i don't feel like that's my position to talk about a but i do think that they deserve a lot of criticism i have to talk about this on because that's what turned me on to
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you make sure patriot back right after nine eleven you wrote this song a month after nine eleven you released at the same exact day of talk about everything from the media analysis to the us fighting terrorism in the past how the hell were you so precious hint and you did not get sucked up to that patriotic fervor so soon yeah after the event i think because i did i wrote it soon after and then recorded and released it on ten eleven but. i was kind of still fresh out of university and a graduate of a degree in journalism never pursued it but at least they taught me the ethics of journalism so then when i saw how the story was being presented not only did it just kind of like the red lights were blinking like someone's wrong the way they were presenting the story was wrong the way people around me were talking was wrong and like people were just yesterday and very scared and i was scared to i mean i remember being very scared but i was scared of. not like
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a muslim terrorist mostly like a scared of what people were doing around me. and i wanted to document the fear of the whole thing of everything because i know those moments get washed away i think history gets rewritten so all. often i was like waiting for someone else to come out with the song was like who's going to speak on it but everyone was just waving the flags and there was the echo chamber of you know what was being said on t.v. and i felt it was wrong i always thought it was hip hop's place to be that other voice to be the alternative and to speak some sense into a confusing or wrong situation so that was my inspiration obviously hip-hop taught me that coming up but my experience with journalism also showed me another angle so i want to do it like address that in the song and not have to be about nine eleven per se but that's part of it but it was all journalism as a whole media as a whole and culture as a whole the fear driven. populace who just were like willing to
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do anything the shock doctrine enough stuff you know it really spoke to me and thank you for writing i know that it was deemed really controversial which is insane because i'm going to drop it is hard trees that no one else wanted to really get it out and i was sad but i was wondering what was going to happen and i felt like i was put on i was red listed as red flags every time i fly or goes elsewhere i'm detained they go through all my stuff for years still to this day you said in back in two thousand and ten on our t.v. actually that you were control of the direction obama was taking the country i wanted to see if you still felt that way i got it i got a lot for that but the thing was i felt the interviewer was steering me to talk obama and i wasn't ready to do that just yet. he had only been in office for four months and i don't know what it is to be a president i don't know how long change takes to happen but so i was like i'm waiting it out i'm not here to like bash anyone who becomes president i was trying
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to see if maybe some could happen. but. no i don't think i'm very pleased with the direction things have been taken. and i still don't know all of what it is to be president because i did feel like he had it in him to change things for the better and like i said the downward trend is just continuing that happened and you can hear all day until you're blue in the face about don't buy from this company and you see that they own about a million companies and it's like what the hell it was doing and getting sucked into this election cycle every four years and nothing changes and i think it's just mobilization grassroots and hoping we can try to create some alternative here let's talk about your new album or gone you've taken a four year break from taurean. tell us what what went into this album cause it's full of so much passion it's this reflection on politics the world how you interact
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with it how interacts with you just incredible kind of commentary there and so much . give the album. was a result of. i think being shut away for four years the kind of things that happen when you're you are shut away for four years media takes part in that because i'm watching t.v. thinking a lot about the same things how does that reflect in my daily life when i feel like things are broken outside but also i realize are broken inside so kopper gone was about and the title itself references how the homes around where i live were abandoned and copper pipes were taken out of it you know for scrap metal or whatever so they spray painted copper gone onto the houses and in my house started to feel like that and then i started to feel like that in. just everything evolved out of that whereas like why does everything feel like i'm just been stripped clean completely no matter what we pay no matter what we do they just like people just
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keep taking take and take in and. that was i think the driving force behind the record of my personal life the focus not so much politics but you know politics does play a role like i said it's all political man growing everywhere that i read it you can bring it back to how we interact with the world and how it interacts with us and i love what you said in one interview just said i you know i can watch the world brain around me and get there myself in the fire and what i'm going to do. tell people where they can find out more about you in your music stage get my music get strange famous records dot com of course i tunes and all that stuff but it's much fun. and camp and for hopefully in stores if the use of a record store where you live and you can ask for your local record yeah it's fun to just you know sift through the cds if you have cd players they'll see does another thing they try to wipe out cd players like they're making cars without only
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making laptops about cd players they're forcing the issue i'm not ready for the james everything's going to be streaming now it's like i wasn't ready for the change from tape to cd eventually ten years later i adopted it and now they're trying to take away my sins whatever. is a great pleasure to have been there and so huge thanks so much. the way it's thing this is the cold all the way the stay disappear float all global elites thing disappear lodo all. i have that. aside. i think corp mind. can do and the bank try to call them all about money and i'm actually sick for politicians write the laws and wait for. public.
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hearings just to plug in today's society. that. think i suspect. they would like to do if you did you know the price is the only industry specifically mentioning the constitution. that's because a free and open press is critical to our democracy correct all books. will. never go on i'm sorry and on this show we reveal the picture of what's actually going on we go beyond identifying a problem. rational debate and a real discussion critical issues facing america ready to join the movement then welcome to the.
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launch of our bit in washington d.c. and here's what's coming up tonight on the big picture a new survey suggests the republicans across america are really happy with obamacare and health care coverage they're getting from so why are republicans in washington still doing everything in their power to discredit and undermine the law and more it's big picture rubble and the consensus of mainstream american foreign policy circles is that the united states needs to do whatever it can to prevent iran from getting a nuclear bomb which is a run actually want a nuclear bomb more on that with investigative journalist girth or her in tonight's conversations with replied. you need to know lives are damned if you do and you're damned if you don't especially if you're president obama yesterday after.

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